So we weren’t really feeling the Twilight books–we’re pretty well-read ladies, and sometimes a book about vampires and high school is just a tad hard to relate to. But even if you hate the very young, mainstream series, you’ll have a hard time hating on New Moon‘s too-legit-to-quit soundtrack, the tracklist for which was just released yesterday. Frankly, it’s got us polishing our vampire fangs, dusting off our capes and giving the sexy eyes to fair-skinned men in the hopes they’ll take us flying.. We’re ready to admit it: we are not too cool for New Moon
Information about the soundtrack was much-anticipated, and rumours swirled that Thom Yorke and Muse would be featured on the album. Oh, they are, but there’s more. Feast your eyes on this track list.
1. Death Cab For Cutie – “Meet Me On The Equinox”
2. Band Of Skulls – “Friends”
3. Thom Yorke – “Hearing Damage”
4. Lykke Li – “Possibility”
5. The Killers – “A White Demon Love Song”
6. Anya Marina – “Satellite Heart”
7. Muse – “I Belong To You (New Moon)”
8. Bon Iver and St. Vincent – “Roslyn”
9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Done All Wrong”
10. Hurricane Bells – “Monsters”
11. Sea Wolf – “The Violet Hour”
12. OK Go – “Shooting The Moon”
13. Grizzly Bear – “Slow Life”
14. Editors – “No Sound But The Wind”
15. Alexandre Desplat – “New Moon (The Meadow)”
Now I thought my indie street cred was still pretty intact–I’ve seen Lykke Li, I own a Bon Iver album, and like any emotionally tuned-in teenager, I had a Death Cab for Cutie phase. But I don’t even recognize a few bands that made it to the album. This is sombre, mature, critically-acclaimed music; not the kind of stuff you’d expect on a soundtrack geared to teens, but an album that will have some serious universal appeal. The woman who compiled the soundtrack, Alexandra Patsavas, has also worked on TV shows with stellar soundtracks, namely Grey’s Anatomy, and Gossip Girl–and you just try to tell me you didn’t love that dramatic scene with Chuck and Blair where the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ “Runaway” was pumping. Patsavas clearly knows how the power of good musical accompaniment in a scene, and she has made a fabulous soundtrack.
But woe to the indier-than-thou who hate when teens pick up on lesser-known bands, because you’re going to see some new faces at the next Bon Iver show. But let the haters hate, in the mean time, we’re boning up on our indie music to be cool enough for Twilight.